Mohali, Sep 19: Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has said that it is a pleasure working with players such as Shikhar Dhawan, who have a strong desire to improve their skills and evolve as a cricketer.
27-year-old Dhawan scored his second consecutive half-century to lead Hyderabad to the main round of Champions League T20 as they beat Faisalabad Wolves, last night.
"He has done a good job, he is going to blossom every single game he plays, his leadership today was excellent. The positive thing about Shikhar is that whether he is captaining or batting, he constantly wants to improve," Moody said at the post-match press conference here.
"He is always asking questions, he is always wanting to develop his game. So, from a coaching point of view, it is pleasure to work with people who have an open mind and are prepared to grow, as people," the burly Australian added.
With back-to-back victories, Hyderabad have joined New Zealands Otago Volts in the main draw while Wolves from Pakistan and Kandurata Maroons from Sri Lanka have been eliminated.
Further praising Dhawan, Moody said "his maturity and work ethics have sort of come in line. He is very clear on what he wants to achieve, he is an extremely hard worker, he is very thorough in his preparation and when you have someone who has those sort of professional standards along with a lot of natural ability, they are destined to perform consistently at higher level."
Moody also felt Dhawan was lucky get an opportunity to show what he is capable of.
"It's opportunity as well, there is a lot of good players out there in the world, who do the right thing and work hard, but dont get opportunity. When he got his opportunity here in Mohali, he took it with both hands and hasnt looked back."